Earlier in January, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced that it was considering charging Harvey Weinstein for two Beverly Hills sex crime cases. The District Attorney has established a special task force to review these cases as well as other cases brought against Weinstein.

The Weinstein scandal broke in the fall of  last [...]

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Misusing Mickey Mouse: The Fight Over Movie Download Codes

On February 13, 2018 By bblingle

In November, Walt Disney Co. sued Redbox in an attempt to stop the DVD rental company from selling digital copies of its movies. At the center of the suit are movie download codes that can be used to download a digital copy of a Disney movie and are included with a Blu-ray disc [...]

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When someone thinks of copyright, most imagine a budding songwriter growing his career by exercising his legal rights. However, for those trying to make it in the music industry, the reality is quite different. Most songwriters rely on publishers to get their songs out there to artists and record labels. To successfully be signed by [...]

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Recapping JETLaw’s 2018 Symposium!

On January 31, 2018 By tjohnson

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law hosted its annual Symposium.  This year’s event, entitled Dramatic Changes: International Trade’s Effect on Intellectual Property and Human Rights, focused on the many conflicts between right holders and sovereign states as they relate to world trade.  Thanks to the presentations from this [...]

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A constitutional question is currently sitting in the Supreme Court: to what extent can Congress control state legislation? Can they control state legislation when a state lets its residents bet on sports?

In 1992, Congress passed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA). PAPSA prohibits state-sanctioned sports betting, except in Nevada, Oregon, Montana, [...]

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What Tax Season Means for Your Booming Bitcoin Portfolio

On January 31, 2018 By askemp

April 17th is fast approaching, and people are in high gear to determine what they owe the government or what the government owes them in return. But what does tax season mean for all of those folks who have luckily, or maybe unluckily, invested in Bitcoin? Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have firmly supplanted themselves in [...]

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A Wild Argument or a Foxy Sleekcraft Analysis in Disguise?

On January 31, 2018 By alyue

H&M recently has been releasing new clothing styles that give a nod to the fashion of the 90′s. But one of their recent items, appropriately named “Sweatshirt with Motif,” has been under fire for trademark infringement. Very specifically, Wildfox Couture, a Los Angeles-based fashion brand, claims that H&M’s gray crewneck sweatshirt infringes [...]

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Public, large-scale cyberattacks on private companies like the Target data breach, the ransomware attack on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Mossack Fonseca breach (think Panama Papers), or the 2017 Equifax breach have continued to shed light on the importance of data security and the constant potential future cyberattacks and hacks. The Equifax breach [...]

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This post is by Seemantani Sharma. Ms. Sharma is a broad in-house international intellectual property, media and regulatory lawyer at the Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) , the world’s largest broadcasting union.

In India “aesthetic sports” or “routine oriented sports” such as artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming), gymnastics, figure skating and acrobatics [...]

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The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and Professor Daniel Gervais are pleased to announce the 2018 JETLaw Symposium, Dramatic Changes: The Effect of International Trade on Intellectual Property and Human Rights. This year’s Symposium will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Vanderbilt Law School. The Symposium will feature three panels of [...]

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